Saturday, April 11, 2015

Baby #2 Gender Reveal

This has been such an exciting couple of days! On Friday, Josh and I went to our ultrasound to check on Baby #2 and see that he/she was healthy and growing strong. We were pleased to finally get a glimpse of our next little munchkin.

We have a healthy growing baby with a head as big as brother's! If ultrasounds were only in color and we could find out if this baby has red hair! It is the burning (pun not intended) question on everyone's minds. Could two brunettes possibly produce another baby with red hair? It's hard to believe we could, but I guess if red hair was possible in the first place we've already beaten the odds.

On to the reason we're all here. Gender. We are not ashamed to say it. We need to know this baby's gender. We are not patient. We love the halfway point surprise. We like to plan. (Josh says the last one is just me?!?)

We are so happy to announce that it's a boy! Such exciting news for our growing family! I am now way outnumbered and apparently the Queen of the Bills Family. We are so excited for Dax to have a best friend and playmate so close in age. Now to find a name for this little guy!

Pray with us that Baby Boy #2 continues to grow strong and healthy!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dyeing Eggs & Resurrection Eggs

While I was working, this week my mom and sister-in-law dyed eggs with the littles. I'm so thankful they made time to do this and that Dax's first egg dyeing experience was with his cousins! He was pretty serious about the whole thing as you can see in the pictures below. All the kids had a blast and their eggs came out so cute!

My mom also gave both our families a set of Resurrection Eggs. Such a great way to teach the story of the Resurrection to children. You can see the eggs below, each color egg has something inside with a special significance.

My nephew Graham probably grasps this the most of the four littles, but it's never too early to start teaching them about the greatest gift and sacrifice!

Here are some of the finished eggs. Such sweet babes and pretty eggs!

He is risen!
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bumpdate: 17 Weeks

Being pregnant the second time around is quite different! I started wearing maternity clothes much sooner and boy how the body knows where to go! I'm loving pregnancy just as much though and have not been sick at all. Praise the Lord!

We scheduled our ultrasound for next Friday! This is most exciting news! We will likely find out baby's gender, and I can start planning -as though I haven't already.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Choo Choo I'm 2!

I cannot believe we are here. Starting tomorrow, the Bills in a Bungalow will have a 2 year old among us. Potty training is on the horizon, and all the other things that come with the twos are either already here or will be soon.

Today, I just want to pause and share Dayton's sweet Thomas the Train birthday party. The look on his face this morning when he came down to the house being decorated with Thomas and all his friends was beyond priceless!

Can't he just stay this age forever?

We invited family over for lunch after church. Thanks to a generous friend, we were stocked with awesome Thomas decorations. My parents are in town and are really the best help you could ever imagine. My house is cleaner after the party than when they arrived! We worked most of yesterday to prep for company and all the food.

I failed to snap a picture of the table with the food on it, but we served baked potatoes with chili and all the toppings! Such an easy, cheap and super filling lunch for a cool day. For the cupcakes, I used the following recipe for Hummingbird Cake adapted from the Paula Deen Celebrates! cookbook. This is one of my favorite cake recipes, but I needed it to stretch and feed a lot of people so cupcakes were in order.

Dayton's Birthday Cupcakes
Made 21 cupcakes (Could easily make 24)

Cake Ingredients
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
2 very ripe large bananas, mashed
1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, with juice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 large eggs, beaten

Icing Ingredients
1 1-pound box confectioners' sugar
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Either grease cupcake tins or use cupcake liners.
3. Sift flour, baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt. (Don't skip this step as tempting as it may seem. This gives you a light and fluffy cake!)
4. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the cake ingredients. Stir well with a spoon until batter is mixed.
5. Fill each cupcake 2/3 full for 24 cupcakes. Bake for 25-30 minutes, checking for a clean toothpick to come out. Let rest for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rake and cool completely.
6. Meanwhile, make the icing. Mix all ingredients with a mixer until smooth. Add more milk if too thick, but you do want an icing that stands on its own. Ice each cupcake with an offset spatula.

Here are a few more pictures from our sweet boy's celebration!

Such sweet, sweet family helped celebrate. The number of cousins keeps growing, and I wouldn't change it for the world!

We love you, baby boy! As much as I want you to stay little, I can't wait to watch you grow into a fun & exciting little boy! We are beyond blessed.
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dax's To Do List

It's been too long since we posted. We'll see if my grand plan to catch back up ever actually happens! That being said, our little family blog will be picking up speed again in the very near future.

Dax has a very important "To Do List" to share with everyone!

Dax has been checking off his to do list and his latest check is just so exciting!

We are so thrilled to be adding some crazy to our little party! Stephanie is due in early September and feeling great.

We attempted an earlier photo session with D last week. We would title this, "I don't wanna be a super big brother!"

Lots of love,

Josh, Stephanie & Dax

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Easter 2014

A wonderful Easter with such pretty weather! We realized Sunday evening that Dax was running fever & Monday learned that he had a double ear infection. You would never know from these pictures.

So thankful for Christ's sacrifice!